Kurt & Karl turned 25!
On Sunday afternoon we were hanging out on the deck with the dogs (yes, dogS - we got a new puppy...I'll introduce him in another post) and we knew a thunderstorm was coming but it was a ways off yet according to the radar. Earlier than expected a few rain drops started sprinkling down so Karl decided he would go put the trucks away. He parked his in the corn crib and then went and parked mine in the pole barn. In the matter of this 2 minute event, it went from sprinkling to downpour (understatement) in a matter of seconds, and then the wind picked up. Well, it more than picked up, it just, well, it came and didn't stop. As Karl is parking my truck in the barn and he sees the walls start to sway he thought to himself about staying in the truck but then he thought if it collapsed he'd be in trouble..so, he made a mad dash to the house. As he was running to the house he didn't make the corner of the deck to turn towards the door- the wind pushed him to the opposite side of the deck because it was so strong. Meanwhile, I'm standing at the screen door waiting for him to fight his way to the door. He made it. I, intelligently, was standing there attempting to hold the screen door tight against the house because I was afraid it was going to blow off- really? smart? not so much... Hindsight is 20/20 okay?!
Karl made his way to the bedroom (one room away) as I continued to stand by the front door (I know, not smart) and said "Karl look at all the branches falling out of the tree!" ...and then as I watched white barn boards fly into the field across from us I yelled "our barn is falling apart!" ....so I ran to the bedroom to be with Karl who was looking out the window... he said "I know the barn is falling apart- it's gone! and so are the trees! get to the basement!" Shock. I had that terrible feeling of "oh my, what do i take with me?!" I looked at my hand- wedding ring. check. grabbed my purse and off we went to the basement. Basically the damage was done at that point but we didn't know any different- the radar wasn't even caught up to the storm so who knows what was going to happen next?
As we called our parents from the basement to have them check radar (no reception for us) they thought it looked like it was past. We walked upstairs and reality set in. The storm had came and went. THANKFULLY our house was in tact and we looked out, the hogshed was okay. All is well. As we began to look out each window to see what had happened a sinking feeling overcame my stomach....and maybe a few tears as I talked to Rachel & Emily on the phone, but I don't cry (often) so we'll just scratch that memory from the record.
Emotionally it was a weird thing. Yes, we, our house, corn crib and hog shed are all unscathed and are very thankful for that. On the bummer side, I had just (maybe a week before) mentioned to Karl and others how we finally had the yard looking nice how we wanted it, no more projects out in the yard (painting, cleaning up), no more trying to level out the yard and plant new grass etc.... Now, it feels like everything we worked for the past 3 years getting it to look nice we have to start over. I'm trying not to be a downer.... just another test of patience for me!
Now when they interview people on the TV I will be a lot more understanding of "It came out of nowhere" because I know first hand that it actually happens like that sometime. Definitely have to give a shout-out to our insurance companies who came the day after the storm and we had our insurance checks for barns and vehicles by 2-3 days after that.
Huge thanks to all our family that came to help clean up. Couldn't have done it without them and it was a huge relief to have it all picked up so quickly.
Well, now my, ahem, OUR to-do list got a little longer but we'll manage through it :)